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Water main ruptures in Whitby, residents asked to save water

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Whitby residents are being urged to conserve water until further notice because of a ruptured water main that links to the Kahu Road Reservoir. The water supply should not be affected, as residents have been switched to the James Cook Drive Reservoir.

The only impact may be a slight water pressure drop, so residents are asked to conserve water, especially during normal peak periods.

The Kahu Rd reservoir has been isolated to dry out the broken water main. Council staff are now working to identify the problem and repair the pipe.

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Porirua residents and businesses are urged to conserve water from now until further notice because of a ruptured water main at Staithes Drive in Whitby.

The leak is in an area where two water mains run next to each other. One is a Greater Wellington Regional Council bulk main and the other is a Porirua City Council feeder main from the Ascot Park reservoir.

Chris Laidlow, Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Water Supply General Manager, says staff from both councils are on site trying to find the location of the leak.

“The bulk main, which supplies water to reservoirs at Whitby, Pukerua Bay, Plimmerton, Paremata and Ascot Park, has been isolated. It’s estimated as at 12.30pm today that the reservoirs have enough water to last about 12 hours’ average use.

“The pipes are at least six metres under ground so it will take us some time to expose the leak and carry out the necessary repairs.

“At this stage it looks like repair teams will be working into the night and residents are urged to do everything they can to conserve water until further notice. For example, don’t leave taps running unnecessarily for example when brushing your teeth, have very short showers, avoid using the dishwasher and let those dishes stack up on the bench if you can, don’t flush the toilet every single time, don’t water indoor plants or your garden, and please don’t do any unnecessary cleaning such as cars or windows.”

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